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Tata Steel 2023 R10: Gukesh bests Praggnanandhaa, Carlsen makes a comeback

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/01/2023

D Gukesh continues his great momentum at 85th Tata Steel Chess Masters 2023. He defeated Praggnanandhaa in an exciting game. Almost a year later, Gukesh avenged his last Classical loss against Pragg at Reykjavik Open 2022. The 16-year-old announced his intentions of playing for only one result with 10.Rg1, 11.g4. The dynamic play certainly upstaged his opponent who generally prefers to play solid chess. Magnus Carlsen defeated Parham Maghsoodloo to reduce the gap 6/10 with Nodirbek Abdusattorov 7/10. Anish Giri drew with Wesley So to remain at sole second place 6.5/10. Arjun Erigaisi made a solid draw with Fabiano Caruana. Today is the final rest day. Round 11 starts tomorrow Friday 27th January at 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

"This was important and I'll keep on trying"

Whenever Magnus Carlsen plays a tournament, he always goes for the first place. He is never content with anything less. That was evident both from his play and his words. Carlsen needed to beat Parham to keep practical chances. However, as he said, not everything is in his hands. If Abdusattorov decides to run away with the championship in the last three rounds then a comeback won't suffice.

D Gukesh and R Praggnanandhaa analyzing after their game | Photo: Lennart Ootes/Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Gukesh - Praggnanandhaa: 1-0

D Gukesh (2725) took a page out of Adhiban's book and made his intentions clear that he is only playing for one result against R Praggnanandhaa (2684).

Position after 11.g4

10.Rg1 followed by 11.g4 is something Adhiban does, however as mentioned by Gukesh, he saw this line long back and could not recall the details. He was hoping that his opponent would not know this but surprisingly he did. 11...Nxg4 12.cxd5 exd5 13.Nxd5 Bc5 14.Qe2 f5 15.Nf4 Qf7 till this point both of them were well aware of what they were doing.

Position after 17.e5!

16.Rg2 was not a good idea. Black should have gone 16...fxe4 immediately. 16...Qe7 allowed White to sacrifice a pawn 17.e5! It prevented Black's counterplay and ensured White's pieces get enough play.

Position after 21.h3

21...Bxf4+ 22.Qxf4 Nf6 23.Re1 Rf7 keeps Black in the game. However, Black decided to sacrifice a piece 21...Be5 22.hxg4 Bxc3 23.bxc3 Rxc3 White found the key move 24.gxf5 and it was over. Black did not have enough for the sacrificed piece.

The Super Duel - Gukesh vs Praggnanandhaa | Video: ChessBase India
Gukesh wins his second game of the event | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

The Gukesh-Praggnanandhaa saga continues! | Photo:Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Fabiano Caruana (USA) - Arjun Erigaisi: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit /Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Parham - Carlsen: 0-1

Magnus Carlsen (NOR, 2859) played a very very rare move 7...Bg4 in the QGD Exchange variation. He mentioned that the lines are very concrete. He thought that his opponent will spend a lot of time which he did in the game. His opponent, Parham Maghsoodloo (IRI, 2719) went for 8.Qa4+ which he dubbed as an interesting move. Later on, he knew that 15...Nxg4 was okay for Black.

Position after 28.Rf1

White eventually made a mistake in the endgame, as Carlsen mentioned that he is not the favorite to hold the position in time trouble. 28.Rf1 dropped the b2-pawn without compensation or reason.

Carlsen is making a big comeback | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

Carlsen is gunning for the top position as always | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit /Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Vincent Keymer had another long battle where he had an opportunity in the rook endgame before it ended in a draw | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit /Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
Jorden van Foreest escapes against Keymer | Video: Tata Steel Chess Tournament

B Adhiban - Mustafa Yilmaz (TUR): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

GM Abhimanyu Mishra (USA) - IM Vaishali: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Jurriaan Hoefsmit / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023

Giri keeping a close eye on Carlsen's game | Photo: Lennart Ootes / Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2023
85th Tata Steel Chess 2023 Round 10 Live Commentary by IM Sagar Shah and Amruta Mokal | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 10 Masters games

Replay Round 10 Challengers games

Round 10 results

Once again only two games ended decisively in Masters Round 10 | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

Donchenko rejoined the lead with Mustafa after Challengers Round 10 | Photo: Tata Steel Chess

Round 11 pairings

Masters Round 11 pairings | Photo: Official site

Challengers Round 11 pairings | Photo: Official site

Standings after Round 11

Carlsen is now at sole third place, a full point behind Abdusattorov | Photo: Official site

Alexander Donchenko catches up with Mustafa Yilmaz 7/10 | Photo: Official site

Schedule

Starting from Saturday, 14th January, all round starts at 6:30 p.m. IST, only Sunday 29th January, the final round will start at 4:30 p.m. IST. Rest days are - 18th (Masters), 19th (Challengers), 23rd and 26th January.

Time Control

100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the remaining moves with 30 seconds cumulative increment for each move starting from the first move.

Links

Official site

Tournament regulations


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